Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.

Added by robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of raspberry in this one, thanks Americo. Pink coloured body, fruity aroma. Fuller mouthfeel, also with assertive carbonation. A good tartness, a nice bottle to share because of the acidity. Some other berries there, lending balance, strawberry and some wild blueberry. Could even be some cherry.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head on a slightly hazy reddish brown body. No lacing really. Aroma of strawberry, cherry, wood, vinegar; nicely tart and sweet. Flavors of strawberry tartness with hints of raspberry and background notes of molasses and wood. Medium body and light carbonation. Excellent, balanced but simple sour. Definitely should be tried.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a wonderful framboise type beer, wild raspberry ale, loaded with fresh berry character, but a step below stuff like cantillon and others. pink and winey in the glass, not much head after the initial pour, looking almost still, but still sprightly on the palate. nose is huge lacto and barrel character, not as belgian as i expected in the yeast department, just a true wild here. funky as heck, but the raspberries dominate. tart and sweet, fresh and ripe, young and mature elements both present, dynamic, but not as complex as some. the flavor just drips fresh raspberries, a fruit i really love in beer when its done right. leagues below stuff like atrial rubicite in both brett and fruit character, but its like a kid brother to a beer like that. beautifully done, i wish for only richer body, a little more heft, and maybe some more bacterial kick, but i thinks this is one if the best of the sisters, and shows that goose island is still a very relevant player in the beer scene, despite being macro in many ways. beer this good from a brewery this big should cost less though, and ill bet if sierra nevada made it it would cost ten bucks. thats my only real problem with an otherwise very enjoyable and fun wild ale. nevermind that its not the most unique framboise lambic type out there, its delicious and thats what matters. shockingly high alcohol though for its taste and drinkability. wowza!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 12/4/10.

Pours a slightly hazy watery cranberry color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white-red head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tart raspberries, red wine vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas from the wine barrels. Taste is of tart raspberries, wood, and some minor funky flavors. A nice sour flavor lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel, There is also a slightly acidic quality to this one. Overall, this is a good wild ale with all the nice sour and funky aromas and flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly cloudy, light reddish in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of tart berries in the nose along with notes of sourness from the yeast. Hints of the cabernet sauvignon are also detectable.
T: The overall taste has strong flavors of tart and sour berries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the sourness and tartness are not overpowering.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Mildly cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sour vinegar, acidic citrus, some raspberry, mildly sweet.

Taste: Vinegar and citrus sourness with mild raspberry and red wine. Some malt sweetness with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The mild raspberry and wine notes were very nice together, and I enjoyed the fact that they didn't overpower the beer. Sour notes are there but they let the fruit do it's job.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. 8.7% ABV according to the label. Bottle #1104. Bottled 28 June 2013.

765ml brown glass bottle with a classy label and papered-over pry-off pressure cap acquired for $20.00 USD at a bottle shop here in low altitude Austin, TX and served into a Biere de Saint Louis Teku in me gaff. Expectations are high given the brewery, price, style, and current 91 rating. Reviewed live. "Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in wine barrels."

Served chilled after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

The head dissipates within 5-10 seconds of forming - not long enough for me to note its characteristics. Basically, there is no head - nor any lacing to mark where it might have been. I can't even coax any lacing out by tilting the teku.

Body colour is a very translucent, semitransparent, glowing orange-ruby with amber hues. An interesting colour. It's a bit weak looking though, and almost watery.

Appears undercarbonated. It's far from unique or special but is well within style conventions. The lack of head and the weak appearance is concerning, but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Timid raspberry. Assorted bright berries/currants -strawberry, cranberry, maybe some light cherry. Rosé wine and rosé grape-skin. Lime? The wine notes are quite light and subtle. I do get some lovely slightly dry wood notes - not necessarily oak, but a pleasant indistinct wine-soaked wood. Hints of funkiness. It's really not all that sour; I don't pick up any pedio or other bacterial notes. A kiss of lactobacillus provides all the sourness I find. It's just a bit tart; I want far more than it provides. It's very clean and clinical for a sour - maybe even sterile. It's obvious it wasn't truly spontaneously fermented. Not all that wild for a wild ale. And the aroma does suggest more of a wine-like light body than I'd like. This is coming off a bit watery and weak.

Overall, it's a bit subpar for a sour. None of its notes - the raspberry, the wine, hell, the sourness - are really that evocative. If anything, a dry champagney vinegar note is dominant.

No hops, malts, or alcohol are detectable. Mild in strength. The aroma is a bit dryer on the back-end, which I like.

T/Mf: Great sweetness is the first thing I notice, accompanied by bursts of berry on the open - raspberry, light cranberry, redcurrant, and strawberry. Rosé wine notes take over as the second act arrives - sorry, no overt cabernet sauvignon/red wine notes here. I do get some white wine notes - maybe zinfandel. Luscious grapeskin is present on and about the climax, which is accompanied by a coarse dryness. Flirts with a white vinegar note just after the climax. Must. It's nowhere near as acidic as I expected. Lightly tannic.

Sourness is quite restrained, and seems to emerge entirely from a bit of lacto. Not tart enough (or sour enough, for that matter). By no means pucker-inducing. They didn't make full use of the raspberry fruit. I like the wine-soaked wood notes, but no specific wood is evoked - not even oak. I can't identify any specific malts in the cohesive body, which I consider a good thing. A dash of brief fleeting funkiness in the late second act adds little to the rest of the build.

Not gestalt. It's got good subtlety and decent complexity, but it's not at the masterful level of world class beers in the style. Nuanced, sure, but not particularly intricate. Well-balanced.

Grapeskin is dominant. Overall, it's just too damn reticent. I want each note to be so much more evocative and committal. This is a very closed-off, almost muted flavour profile.

The dry wood is a highlight for me.

No malts, hops, or alcohol come through.

Should be softer and more full-bodied. It's weak and has a light wine-like body, which I abhor. A proper sour - whether wild ale or otherwise - should be assertive and unapologetic, but this shies away from its sourness, yielding a beer that feels like a training wheel brew for newcomers to the style. Do I like it? Yes. But there's a lot of wasted potential here. I'd prefer it more acidic. Decent thickness. Good carbonation.

Crisp. Plump. Good dryness and coarseness - something we don't see enough in sours. It has a nice light presence on the palate, but it just doesn't fill out. It complements the flavour profile generally well I guess, but the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste. Refreshing. Fizzy. Effervescent.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the relatively high ABV. Very wine-like. I'll easily kill this bottle alone, but it didn't meet my expectations; this isn't a world-class sour by any means and certainly isn't worth $20/bottle. I wouldn't buy it again, but would be curious about previous vintages. Good work from Goose Island, but not great.

Don't age.

Serve chilled.


Notes from a Lolita 2010 vintage tried @ 2014 Zwanze day:


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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian influence of the most artful kind plays out in the wooden vats of Good Island. A raspberry ale introduced to a slew of wild yeast and micro flora produces extreme complexity and dynamic flavor.

Mildly hazed with hues of plumb red and peach sculpt the impressions of fruit even with its appearance. Fizzy head character rises quickly, fueled by high carbonation, but then quickly falls as well. With no real lacing action, I would have preferred better foam character, but the sharp acidity to come would have nothing to do with that.

Tart aromas of fresh and lightly under ripened raspberries fill the nose with slight dominance above complementary notes of wine must, lime-like acidity, vinous white Zinfandel, green apple cider, white grapes, mild sulfur, white wine vinegar, musty sea air, and weathered sawdust. Low in sweetness, there persists a nutty, pithy, and vanilla like scent that reminds me of almond paste.

Stronger raspberry character comes to life in the flavor profile, but not without further complementary flavors of dried cherries, tart (shy of sour) vinous white zin wines, mineral salts and briny yeast that come together like sea water and sea shells. Again, the light sweetness of vanilla and almond seem like a rhythmic dance throughout the must and tartness that power ahead. Low in bitterness, only a mild taste of wood and cheddar create sharpness to complement the low spicy phenols, wood tannin and cinnamon nuances. Old sun dried wood, mild sherry and balsamic notes provide a succulent taste that keeps me coming back with rather rapid succession.

Light bodied due to it's spritzy carbonation, strong acidic, and highly attenuated malt character, but not without a calm velvety powder texture from wood tanning and soft dextrin and seemingly light nutty oils. Sharp in finish, the dryness of wood and alcohol play out in a very refreshing but highly acidic aftertaste.

With so much tart fruitiness and dry sweetness, this beer is ideally suited to win over lovers of all sorts of wines and I find notes of minerally Greek whites, robust Chilean merlots, and simplified white zinfindales sprinkled all over this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More trouble than it was worth to track down, imho. First release was intended as on-premise only, then was leaked to a few highly random retail locations. Odd sporadic distribution = not worth the effort... don't pay much over $15 if you can.

High clarity amber gold, receding ring of foam, initial white cap on the surface. Ascending streams of carbonation visible. Sparse spotty lacing.

Sweet raspberry in the nose, mild wet hay and stables, some vanilla from the oak presence.

Tart and puckering, seedy raspberry, minor authentic fruit-derived sweetness. Very distinct raspberry notes, mildly acetic. Wet oak. Clean and crisp feel, very quenching. A bit simple, could use more Brett complexity and barrel character. As it is, it seems young. The fruit forward character is nice, and the body is light and crisp, though it ultimately seems to be lacking a bit in depth.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of superspak
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a small off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, oak, clove, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great fruited wild ale. All around good balance and complexity of raspberry, fruity/funky yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with reddish highlights. It had very little head to speak of but did leave some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of of raspberry. Strong raspberry notes with some floral and malty notes.

T - Good tart raspberry flavor with a sour kick. It is still slightly sweet with a touch of caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker-factor. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is very good I just wish it was more sour.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,189 ratings